The Agriculture Ministry has extended by a month the deadline for States to utilise funds under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY).
- Under the scheme, States were supposed to restore water bodies and converge micro irrigation projects.
- The schemes had to be implemented by States but if they failed to do so, then they would stand to lose the funds.
- Against a target of 5 lakh hectares, only 1.32 lakh hectares had been brought under micro irrigation.
- The programme envisages drought proofing, drip and sprinkler irrigation and tying up with MGNREGA schemes, all of which are within the purview of State governments.